Bones found in Napier are probably close to 200 years old, according to a local archaeologist.
Elizabeth Pishief today visited the site and saw the skull and bones discovered by builders yesterday. The bones were found at a depth of 700mm while footings were being dug for a new fence line on Hastings St.
Pishief said dating of the bones was yet to be confirmed by Environmental Science and Research, but she was of the view that they were Maori and were probably buried in the early 1800's.
Police said the bones looked to be from an adult or young adult.
Acting detective senior sergeant Emmet Lynch did not know how long it would take police to get an accurate picture of the circumstances around the person's death.
Earlier, Lynch would not be drawn on whether the bones could have been those from missing hitchiker Mona Blades. The case has remained open since the 18-year-old went missing near Taupo on May 31, 1975, while hitchhiking to Hastings.
- The Dominion Post